Today’s my 29th birthday! If you’re in the giving mood and want to give a gift, how about a $29.00 donation to help out the Special Olympics? Check out my donation page HERE to learn more about the Over the Edge rappel I’ll be doing this July!
Paul Evans (born March 5, 1938 in Queens, New York) is an American rock and roll singer and songwriter, who was most prominent in the 1950s and 1960s. As a performer, he had hits with the songs “Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Backseat”, “Midnight Special” and “Happy-Go-Lucky Me”.
When I was about eight, the first album from Changing Faces dropped. I was just starting to collect my own CDs and I remember my friend happened to get two of their CDs for her birthday. She gave me a copy rather than exchange it, and I loved that CD. Kind of ironically, I now live next door to that friend’s old house! Her parents still live there and really, not much has changed with her dad still sunbathing awkwardly on the lawn.
Changing Faces is an American female R&B duo that was popular from 1993 until 2000. The group consisted of members Cassandra Lucas and Charisse Rose.
All of My Days feat. Jay-Z
All of My Days
All of My Days – Instrumental
G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T. Part II – Album Version
G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T. Part II – Instrumental
Since I fortunately have enough singles from Paula Abdul to cover her long career, I figured we’d pick up on her early life. Even at the start she was dedicated and moved up quickly!
Paula Abdul was born in San Fernando, California, to Jewish parents. Abdul’s father, Harry Abdul, was born into the Syrian Jewish community in Aleppo, Syria, was raised in Brazil, and subsequently immigrated to the United States. Her mother, the concert pianist Lorraine M. (née Rykiss), grew up in one of the two Jewish families in Minnedosa, Manitoba in Canada, and has Ashkenazi Jewish ancestors from Russia and Ukraine. Paula has a sister named Wendy, who is seven years her senior.
Abdul began taking dance lessons at an early age in ballet, jazz, and tap. She attended Van Nuys High School, where she was a cheerleader and an honor student. At 15, she received a scholarship to a dance camp near Palm Springs, and in 1980 appeared in a low-budget Independent musical film, Junior High School.
Abdul studied broadcasting at the California State University at Northridge. During her freshman year, she was selected from a pool of 700 candidates for the cheerleading squad of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team—the famed Laker Girls. Within a year, she became head choreographer.
Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton.
Their unique sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock, combining psychedelia themes, Clapton’s blues guitar playing, Bruce’s powerful, versatile vocals and prominent bass playing, Baker’s pulsating, jazz-influenced drumming and Pete Brown’s poetry-inspired lyrics.
The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire, was the world’s first platinum-selling double album. The band is widely regarded as being the world’s first successful supergroup. In their career, they sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Their music included songs based on traditional blues such as “Crossroads” and “Spoonful”, and modern blues such as “Born Under a Bad Sign”, as well as more eccentric songs such as “Strange Brew”, “Tales of Brave Ulysses” and “Toad”.
The Best of Cream
Sunshine of Your Love
Born Under a Bad Sign
Tales of Brave Ulysses
I Feel Free
When you think of jazz, a few names come to mind, but Duke Ellington is definitely in there. Since his name is synonymous with the genre, I figured we’d focus on some of the many memorials and tributes to the legend.
Numerous memorials have been dedicated to Duke Ellington, in cities from New York and Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles. In his birthplace, Washington, D.C., there are many different memorials, foundations and tributes:
The Duke Ellington School of the Arts educates talented students by providing intensive arts instruction and strong academic programs that prepare students for post-secondary education and professional careers
Built in 1935, the Calvert Street Bridge was renamed the Duke Ellington Bridge in 1974
In 2010 the triangular park, across the street from his birth site, at the intersection of New Hampshire and M Streets, NW was named the Duke Ellington Park
Ellington’s residence at 2728 Sherman Avenue, NW, during the years 1919-1922, is also marked by a bronze plaque
West 106th Street was officially renamed Duke Ellington Boulevard after his death. Ellington had lived for years in a townhouse on the corner of Manhattan’s Riverside Drive and West 106th Street
Outside his hometown, a large memorial to Ellington, created by sculptor Robert Graham, was dedicated in 1997 in New York’s Central Park, near Fifth Avenue and 110th Street, an intersection named Duke Ellington Circle.
On February 24, 2009, the United States Mint launched a new coin featuring Duke Ellington, making him the first African American to appear by himself on a circulating U.S. coin. Ellington appears on the reverse (“tails”) side of the District of Columbia quarter The coin is part of the U.S. Mint’s program honoring the District and the U.S. territories. Ellington is depicted on the quarter seated at a piano, sheet music in hand, along with the inscription “Justice for All”, which is the District’s motto.
One Night Stand with The Duke’s Return to the Zanzibar
As Long as I Live
The Wonder of You
Walkin’ with My Honey
Three Cent Stomp
Don’t Take Your Love from Me
Let the Zoomers Drool
Fishing for the Moon
Riff ‘N’ Drill
The Kissing Bug
Perry Como died in his sleep on May 12, 2001, at his home in Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida, six days before his eighty-ninth birthday. He was reported to have suffered from symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. His older son, Ronnie, and his daughter, Terri, could not agree on their interpretations of Como’s 1999 living will, and it became a matter for the courts in the year before his death. His funeral Mass took place at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Palm Beach, Florida.
Paul Anka’s “Lonely Boy” was written and recorded in 1959. He also sang this song in the film Girls Town. When released as a single, it topped the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Anka’s first song to do so, although he had earlier topped Billboard’s Best Sellers in Stores chart with “Diana”.